Eastern Standard

Thursday 11:00 am; Sunday 6pm

WEKU's weekly public affairs program discussing topics and concerns of Central and Southeastern Kentucky, hosted by John Hingsbergen.

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We're interested in your questions, comments or personal stories.

Michael Benson, PhD

It’s been a busy academic on the campuses of Eastern Kentucky University. One major issue this winter and spring has been the adjustment of university finances to compensate for state budget cuts. On this week’s show, we’ll discuss university finances and other issues as we welcome EKU President Michael Benson. We’ll talk about what’s been going on and his views of the future for the school serving Central and Eastern Kentucky and beyond. Send your questions and comments to:...

WEKU joined the Richmond Register , The Downtown Richmond Association and the Eastern Kentucky University Department of Government in hosting an early debate among candidates for Richmond City Commission Monday evening, April 25. The program was streamed "live" on YouTube and will be repeated in its entirety as a special edition of our show.

State officials are pressing the importance of easy access to voter registration. Recently, the Commonwealth launched GoVoteKentucky.com in attempt to do just that. Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is optimistic about the new online system. On this week's Eastern Standard, we'll be discussing voter participation, and voter turnout. Why is voter turnout so low? How do we increase voter participation? We also venture into other topics about voting, including people's...

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The City of Lexington has approved the relocation of its services for homeless persons. While the move has had some opposition from area businesses, the city’s Director of Homelessness Prevention and Intervention sees it as a major step forward, saying it will provide more convenience for service providers and clients and a higher quality of service. Homelessness in Central Kentucky is our topic on this week’s Eastern Standard in this encore of a program originally aired on September 24, 2015...

Erik Liddell / EKU Chautauquah

This year’s presidential election appears to be one of the most interesting in U.S. history. While the primaries and caucuses continue, there’s speculation about what might happen at both major party conventions this summer….and who will emerge as Republican and Democratic candidates.
On this week’s Eastern Standard, a guest who may not be able to predict the future but he can talk about presidential history, Dr. Douglas Brinkley, one of America’s leading and most prolific presidential...

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Some experts are claiming that human beings are entering and staying in adolescence longer than ever before. On this week’s Eastern Standard, we’ll discuss this modern phenomenon and we’re interested in hearing your stories, comments and questions. Write to us now at wekueasternstandard@gmail.com or call 859-622-1657 and leave a message. You can also post you comment below in the "comments" box or on the WEKU Facebook page. Send a tweet @wekuest

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A Kentucky professor was part of a team that analyzed fossils from what has been described as “a new human ancestor.” We’ll discuss this 2013 discovery with University of Kentucky paleoanthropologist Dr. Andrew Deane who was called to South Africa to join the team examining over 1,500 bones that were found. We’ll also meet biology professor Jim Krupa, also from UK, who teaches biology, ecology and evolution. It’s a special recorded version of our show but we’re still glad to have your...

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Thursday is Saint Patrick's Day, meanwhile the Kentucky State House has declared March Irish Heritage month in the Commonwealth. On this week's Eastern Standard, we'll talk about Irish Heritage and history in Kentucky. Guests: Aidan Connolly - Chief Innovation Officer at Alltech, Inc. Nephew of Alltech's founder, Pearse Lyons. Aidan is an Irish National. Bill Enright ​ - President of the Bluegrass Irish Society and chairman of the Alltech Lexington St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in...

The fact that a candidate for the U.S. Presidency identifies himself as a "Democratic Socialist" causes us to wonder what that means. On this week's show, we'll make an effort to define socialism. Send in your questions in advance to: wekueasternstandard@gmail.com , post on Facebook , send a tweet @wekuest, leave a voice message at 859-622-1657 or call in when you tune in Thursday morning. Guests:

Todd Gooch: Professor at EKU in the Department of Philosophy and Religion whose...

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Super Tuesday is behind us, and Kentucky’s Republican caucus takes place on Saturday, March 5th. Meanwhile the General Assembly continues with some very significant and controversial business. On this week’s Eastern Standard, we've assembled a reporter's roundtable to talk it over and sort it all out for our listeners. Your questions and comments are welcome before the show at: wekueasternstandard@gmail.com or 859-622-1657. Or call in when you tune in for EST, Thursday morning at 11:00 on WEKU .

Kentucky Water Safety on Eastern Standard

Feb 24, 2016
Noah Day

In light of the Water Crisis in Flint, Michigan, questions and concerns over water quality have arisen around the country, even here in Kentucky. On this week's Eastern Standard, we're discussing Kentucky's water quality. Our guests for this week's program are: Jason Marion - professor or Environmental Health Sciences at Eastern Kentucky University, focusing on water supplies and waste disposal. http://ehs.eku.edu/people/marion Donna McNeil - from the Kentucky Rural Water Association. http:/...

The president of Kentucky State University says his institution cannot withstand funding cuts in Governor Matt Bevin’s budget.
On this week’s EST, we’ll discuss the 130-year-old historically black college, it’s past and current role in the Commonwealth and it’s future in light of the proposed cuts. Guests: Dr. Donald Lyons : Since his entrance to Kentucky State as a freshman in 1964, Dr. Lyons has held many positions including library director and athletic director for the University....

Sen Chris McDaniel @kychrismcdaniel

This year marks the first legislative session under Governor Matt Bevin, and the first budget year of his administration as well. A lot of important issues affecting many Kentuckians are making their way into this legislative session. Significant budget cuts, and legislation aimed at addressing issues like abortion, coal, and heroin addiction as well as many other important issues. This week’s program originates from the State Capitol in Frankfort and with us to discuss some of these issues...

A guest on campus at Eastern Kentucky University will talk on the topic: “What If We Live Off Earth: Exploring our Future in Space.” On this week’s Eastern Standard, we’ll meet astronomer, educator and author Chris Impey. Professor Impey will be delivering a talk as part of the EKU Chautauqua Lecture Series. You’re welcome to join us for a “live” recording of the show at the Hummel Planetarium on the EKU Campus. To become part of the audience and have an opportunity to ask your question...

Last year, Kentucky received a grade of "F" from the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence for its firearm legislation. During the 2016 General Assembly, lawmakers have introduced multiple bills that defend the rights of gun owners in the Commonwealth. On this week's show, we'll discuss Kentucky's Relaxed Stance on Firearm Regulation. Guests: Joe Kalil , a former military officer & pilot and an NRA certified Concealed Carry Instructor, and the designer of the School POST Program which is...

Looking at Chautauqua's "What If?" Lecture Series on Eastern Standard

Jan 18, 2016

This year marks the 16th year of EKU’s Chautauqua lecture series, and this years theme is “What If? The series encourages speakers to engage our curiosity and explore possibilities, alternatives, and ideas, while thinking creatively about the future, in light of the past.
On this week’s Eastern Standard we sat down with Eric Liddell, the Coordinator of this lecture series, and talked with him about this series so far. We’ll also have exclusive interviews with speakers from this year’s...

Noah Day

Since September 11th of 2001, many Americans have feared or even shown hatred to practitioners of the religion of Islam. That fear and hatred have also affected members of the Sikh community, a culture in which the men wear beards and turbans and women often cover their heads. Now a group known as the Interfaith Alliance of the Bluegrass is raising concerns about hate-filled rhetoric and actions against Muslims and Sikhs in Kentucky. Guests: Dr. Richard Mitchell - Associate Professor of...

Funding for the state's pension system, charter schools, healthcare, and the budget are all topics for this year's session of the General Assembly. On this week's Eastern Standard we'll be discussing the upcoming session of the Kentucky General Assembly. Guests for this week's program include: Jack Brammer of the Lexington Herald Leader. Stu Johnson from our very own WEKU newsroom. and Jason Bailey Executive Director of the Kentucky Center for Economic Development. Send questions or comments...

Noah Day

During 2015, Kentuckians elected and inaugurated a new governor.

The Commonwealth stood at "ground zero" during a struggle over the implementation of same-sex marriage.

Our nation's response to terrorism and the 2016 presidential race dominated national news.

Noah Day

More than half our nation's governors, including Kentucky's new chief executive, oppose allowing Syrian refugees into the U.S. On this week's show, we'll discuss the pros and cons of such a position and learn more about the refugee experience. Guests scheduled: Dr. Minh Nguyen, professor of Philosophy and Director of Asian Studies at Eastern Kentucky University; Anne Marie Vaughn Grisanti, Community Relations and Media Coordinator for Kentucky Refugee Ministries. Send your questions or...

Michael Benson, PhD

It’s been a busy Fall Semester on the campuses of Eastern Kentucky University. In fact 2015 has been a busy and eventful year in many unusual ways. On this week’s show, we’ll welcome EKU President Michael Benson. We’ll talk about what’s been going on and his views of the future for the school serving Central and Eastern K entucky and beyond.

As we approach the celebration of Thanksgiving, our nation observes Native American Heritage Month in November. It's intended as a way of recognizing the contributions of Native Americans and continuing to strengthen government-to-government ties with tribal nations. On this week's show, we'll welcome the EKU Chautauqua Lecture Series' keynote speaker for Native American Heritage Month, Dr. Anton Treuer . He is Executive Director of the American Indian Resource Center and Professor of Ojibwe...

Kentucky governor-elect Matt Bevin has been vocal in his support for so-called "right-to-work" legislation. On this week's show, we'll discuss the issue as well as the role of labor unions in Kentucky. Send your questions, comments and personal stories before the show to: wekueasternstandard@gmail.com , post below or on the Facebook page . You can send a tweet @wekuest or leave a voicemail at 859-622-1657. Guests: Bill Londrigan - President of AFL-CIO Jim Waters - President of the Bluegrass...

The flu season of October 2014 through May 2015 was one of the most severe in recent years. This year’s flu season has kicked off with the first cases being reported in Jefferson and Kenton counties. On this week’s show, we'll focus on the flu season already upon us and the efforts we can all make to avoid catching the bug. Guests: Dr . Kraig Humbaugh - Deputy Public Health Commissioner for the Kentucky Department of Public Health. Phyllis Bryden - Associate Professor of Health Promotion and...

Kentucky's "Constitutional Offices" are on the November 2015 ballot. On Tuesday, voters statewide will elect a new Governor and Lieutenant Governor as well as a Secretary of State, Attorney General, Auditor of Public Accounts, State Treasurer and Commissioner of Agriculture. On this week’s show we discuss the election with journalists covering the campaigns and the election. Guests booked so far are: Ronnie Ellis, Capitol Bureau Correspondent for CNHI News ; Adam Beam, State Capitol...

The Breeders’ Cup Championships take place at Keeneland October 30 and 31. H owever, the horse races are just part of the festivities in Lexington and Central Kentucky.
On this week’s Eastern Standard, the Breeders’ Cup Festival and how Lexington will highlight local culture through local food, music, and celebration of the Commonwealth’s history of horse racing and breeding. This week's guests: Craig Fravel, President and CEO of Breeders’ Cup Limited; Kip Cornett , Chairman of the...

Noah Day

Diabetes is one of the leading causes of death and other HEALTH complications in the U.S. and the Commonwealth of Kentucky. On this week’s show, we’ll discuss the growing epidemic, and how we can reverse this trend.
Send us your questions or comments before the show to wekueasternstandard@gmail.com, leave a voice message at 859-622-1657 or call in when you tune in for Eastern Standard. Thursday morning at 11:00. If you would like information on the book: The Great Diabetes Epidemic,...

Noah Day

Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson joins us on this week’s Eastern Standard. http://president.eku.edu/ or feel free to follow him on Twitter @EKUPrez Other guests include: Brian Makinen, EKU's Director of Public Safety and Risk. http://ehsrmi.eku.edu/people/makinen-0 Gary Folckemer, Emergency Manager at EKU's department of Public Safety. http://emergency.eku.edu/people/folckemer-0 Among the topics we’ll discuss the University’s Vision 2020 project, the Freshman Academy for...

According to the Kentucky Distillers Association, about 9,000 people owe their paychecks to the distilling industry which brings in over 300 million dollars in taxes for the state. More than 8,000 people are employed in jobs related to the brewing and distribution of beer. That industry adds 160 million in tax revenue. On this week’s show, an encore of our November 2014 discussion on the impact of Beer and Bourbon in the Bluegrass. Guests: Dr. Darrin Smith, Eastern Kentucky University...

The City of Lexington has approved the relocation of its services for homeless persons. While the move has had some opposition from area businesses, the city’s Director of Homelessness Prevention and Intervention sees it as a major step forward, saying it will provide more convenience for service providers and clients and a higher quality of service.

Homelessness in Central Kentucky is our topic on this week’s Eastern Standard. We're interested in your questions, comments and...

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